Chinese Language Flagship Program

Chinese Flagship Immersion Program (CFIP)

The University of Rhode Island’s Chinese Flagship Immersion Program is an eight-week, residential Mandarin Chinese immersion program for students committed to an intensive, experiential, proficiency-based learning experience.

The program offers one level of instruction: designed for first-year Flagship students, who have completed CHN 112H or its equivalent, or for adults and students from other institutions who have a novice high or intermediate low level of proficiency interested in an immersive language learning experience.


The URI Chinese Flagship Immersion Program offers intermediate intensive courses in Mandarin Chinese designed to take students from Novice High/Intermediate Low to Intermediate Mid proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing (on the ACTFL scale) and for teacher candidates and other advanced speakers at the Advanced Low-Superior level. Participants earn 8 Chinese language credits during the eight-week program, and commit to a strict Language Pledge (see application).


CHN 211H/CHN212H (8 credits total) These courses are designed for first-year Flagship students, who have completed CHN 112 or its equivalent, or for adults and students from any institution (matriculating or non-matriculating) who have a Novice High/Intermediate Low level of proficiency interested in an immersive language learning experience.

    • Textbook to purchase:
      • Integrated Chinese 4th Ed., Volume 3 & Volume 4

Housing & Dining

Participants in the Chinese Flagship Immersion Program are housed in the IEP (International Engineering Program) House on the Kingston Campus of the University of Rhode Island. In addition to a living room, dining room, laundry room and activity room, the IEP House has single and double dormitory style rooms on three floors. Shared men’s and women’s bathrooms are on the first and second floor. The main floor features a large living room where comfortable high back chairs and plush sofas surround the fireplace, while another section provides for large conference tables and excellent lighting for daytime and late-night study sessions in Chinese. Chef Mark Schoenweiss prepares three meals per day Monday through Saturday with the exception of dinner on Saturday throughout the program. Parking is available next to the house.


The Chinese Flagship Immersion Program is generously supported by the University of Rhode Island.  All students pay the same tuition rate, regardless of residency.  The total estimated cost of the 2023 program including tuition and fees; room and board and the mid-program excursion is below. Textbooks are not included in the estimate.

Estimated Cost for Summer 2024

 Tuition & Fees

Room & Board (Double Room)

Mid-Program Excursion

Total: $5, 825

Program Dates:

5/27/2024 ~ 7/19/2024 (8 weeks)

CFIP Scholarship: 

There will be two scholarships available for the CFIP program.

  1. URI Flagship Students are eligible for the Domestic Summer Flagship Scholarship. Click here to apply and see more information.
  2. URI student applicants are eligible for the Chinese Studies scholarship.  Click here to apply. 

Scholarships Deadline: 4/12/2023

Who is Eligible?

CHN 211H/212H: Graduating high school seniors and current undergraduate and graduate students at URI or other institutions who have taken a minimum of one year of college-level Chinese or equivalent, and whose proficiency is at the Novice High or Intermediate Low level, are encouraged to apply. Priority consideration is granted to students currently enrolled in or admitted to any Chinese Flagship Program. One must be a currently matriculated student to apply.

How Do I Apply?

The application requires the following items (detailed instructions listed on the application form):

  • Completed online CFIP Application Form
  • English Essay (250 words)
  • Chinese Essay (200 characters)
  • Your Most Recent Transcript (unofficial or official)

Please ask your Chinese language instructor to submit the following to the URI Chinese Flagship Immersion Program ( directly:

Final Deadline: April 22nd

Admission & Payment

Admission decisions will be sent to applicants in mid-April and on a rolling basis for applications received after the April 1 deadline. The program deposit must be made prior to the deadline listed on your admission letter. All payments, deposits and final payments can be made electronically by using credit card or ACH via e-Campus, Alternatively, you can submit a check or money order, payable to the University of Rhode Island, 6 Rhody Ram Way, Kingston, RI 02881. Please write your URI ID number and summer 2023 on the check or money order.